In an intriguing three-part series, Professor Marcus du Sautoy goes in search of a mysterious code: the numbers, shapes and patterns that govern our world. From the delicate architecture of our veins to the startling beauty of the night sky, numbers are everywhere.
Alan Turing was the genius British mathematician who was instrumental in breaking the German naval Enigma Code during World War II, arguably saving millions of lives. Turing was one of the great original thinkers of the 20th century, but his achievements went unrecognised during his lifetime. Instead he ended up being treated as a common criminal, for being homosexual at a time when homosexual acts were a crime. This program brings Turing's ideas to life and includes the testimony of people who knew and remember him.
NOVA leads viewers on a mathematical mystery tour - a provocative exploration of math's astonishing power across the centuries. We discover math's signature in the swirl of a nautilus shell, the whirlpool of a galaxy, and the spiral in the centre of a sunflower. Math was essential to everything from the first wireless radio transmissions to the successful landing of rovers on Mars. But where does math get its power?
A visit to the University of New Hampshire Survey Centre illustrates how pollsters create accurate surveys. They can then use details from their sample to make inferences about a whole population.
Beyond Infinity author Eugenia Cheng explains why testing makes people so anxious about mathematics, how teaching could be transformed, and argues that maths is a way of thinking clearly, not just numbers.
Does holding a heavier clipboard make you estimate that a jar of coins has more money in it than if you're holding a lighter clipboard? Psychologists use one-way ANOVA to analyse the data from this experiment.
Historical story of how statisticians built the case against DDT as the culprit behind plummeting peregrine falcon population numbers.
Host Dr Pardis Sabeti's own research examines possible genetic resistance to deadly Lassa fever in West Africa. Using inference for two-way tables helps untangle potential relationships.
Managers have no clue what conditions actually motivate their workers best, as shown by research conducted by Teresa Amabile, host of the original Against All Odds.
Comparing the activity and calorie expenditure levels of Western office workers and African hunter-gatherers adds some surprising new data to the science of obesity.
A brewer uses this technique to monitor quality differences in multiple batches of the same beer.
Is a newly discovered poem really written by William Shakespeare? Using statistical analysis of his known word use, researchers set up null and alternative hypotheses to investigate.
A battery manufacturer tests just a sample of its product to verify its claims about battery life. A margin of error and a confidence level help quantify its accuracy.
This quality control method helped Quest Diagnostics streamline and improve their system for processing and testing lab samples so they could meet their nightly deadlines.
Heights of third graders in one class. Quality scores for circuit boards at a factory. Taking multiple samples allows us to visualise the sampling distribution of the sample mean.
Sickle cell disease is an example of binomial distribution in families with two parents who are carriers for this genetic trait.
Using the mathematical value 'e' to help make decisions.
The US counts every resident every 10 years, or at least tries to. Statisticians use sampling from a population as an alternative to a complete count, as utilised at a potato chip factory.
We move beyond observational studies, like the one of marine life in the remote Line Islands, to designing experiments that manipulate various subject groups, as in the case of a medical study about osteoarthritis treatments.
This historical story describes how researchers untangled the relationship between smoking and lung cancer.
One city surveyed the happiness of its residents. Two-way tables help organise the data and tease out relationships between happiness levels and opinions about aspects of the city itself.
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